What is the meaning of life? Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? When will Apple release AirPods 2? Top view of Apple AirPods on a pink and blue background. photo credit: GettyGetty These are the existential questions urgently facing modern humanity. There have been plenty of rumors about the last one of those three conundrums over the last few weeks. Some have suggested there will be all-new features like invoking Siri without touching the AirPod first, something Apple had hinted was coming back in September last year. Then there were hints that a complete redesign and new colors would have to wait until the Fall but that the long-promised wireless charging case would be here very soon. That would perhaps be alongside the similarly overdu...
One evening in 2016, a twenty-five-year-old community-college student named Alex Gutiérrez was waiting tables at La Piazza Ristorante Italiano, an upscale restaurant in Tulare, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Gutiérrez spotted Yorai Benzeevi, a physician who ran the local hospital, sitting at a table with Parmod Kumar, a member of the hospital board. They seemed to be in a celebratory mood, drinking expensive bottles of wine and laughing. This irritated Gutiérrez. The kingpins, he thought with disgust.Gutiérrez had recently joined a Tulare organization called Citizens for Hospital Accountability. The group had accused Benzeevi of enriching himself at the expense of the cash-strapped hospital, which subsequently declared bankruptcy. (Benzeevi’s lawyers said that all his actions were
Even before Donald Trump announced he was declaring an emergency on the southern border in order to justify throwing $8 billion at building a wall, Republicans were sounding the alarm. Though they were more cautious than their Democratic colleagues, who denounced the move as an illegal power grab, non-Trumpy GOP senators called the idea a "mistake," a "bad idea," and "unnecessary." That might be because the wall is unpopular with the public and not likely to be as effective as Trump claims. It might be because Republicans don't really want the wall, which they could probably have gotten if they had been willing to compromise with Democrats. It might be because Democrats in the House can force the Senate to vote for or against a resolution that would end the state of emergency, putting m...
Over the past week or so, the image of a blockaded bridge between Colombia and Venezuela has been all over news sites around the world. It's been featured in stories describing how the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, is keeping international food aid from his desperate citizens.Trouble is, the photo doesn't tell the full story.CBC News was among the many news organizations that used the photo in stories, stating that Maduro's forces had purposely blocked the Tienditas Bridge with shipping containers and a fuel tanker.Yes, Maduro ordered the containers be put there, and no, he does not want international aid coming in through that corridor. He maintains there is no food shortage in Venezuela, despite numerous reports to the contrary, including from Human Rights Watch. But the que
A charity boxSteven Depolo A year ago, the UK government asked economist Frances Cairncross to conduct an independent review of the challenges high-quality journalism is facing in the country. Last Tuesday, the Cairncross Review was published, highlighting nine recommendations that the government and regulators ought to follow to help secure the sustainability of journalism in the future. The recommendations range from investigating the workings of online advertising (aka the Google-Facebook duopoly) to developing a media literacy strategy. However, the recommendation that attracted my attention the most, given my particular interest in the charitable sector, was number nine. It reads: “New forms of tax relief: The government should introduce new tax
Children play around a sign of Alphabet Inc's Google outside its office in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. Picture taken August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer REUTERS/StringerBRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU countries, the European Commission and EU lawmakers clinched a deal late Wednesday to curb the powers of companies such as Google and Apple Inc with new rules. Unveiled by the Commission in April last year, the platform-to-business (P2B) law seeks to prevent unfair business practices by app stores, search engines, e-commerce sites and hotel booking websites in a bid to ensure a level playing field between the tech companies and traditional businesses. The rules target Amazon Marketplace, eBay, Apple’s App Store, Google Play, Facebook Marketplace, Booking.com and Leboncoin.fr, among others. Rep
This human mosaic of Top 100 AI Leaders in Drug Discovery and Advanced Healthcare raises hopes for a better quality of lifeDeep Knowledge Analytics Deep Knowledge Analytics picked the 'Top 100 AI Leaders in Drug Discovery and Advanced Healthcare’ out of an initial pool of 500 outstanding candidates. Unless a new AI winter wind blows and sweeps over the science explorers, their work is quite likely to enhance the quality of life surpassing the most vivid science fiction imagination. As Margaretta Colangelo, Managing Partner, Deep Knowledge Ventures, states 'These 100 AI leaders are initiating data-driven transformation in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. The overall success of AI transformation in healthcare depends on highly skilled interdisciplina
Sir Richard Branson has built a powerful personal brand by just being himselfGetty Whether you know it or not, you have a personal brand. When you Google yourself, what pops up? These results are the first impression people will have of you. Is it a good one? Is the information you are sharing across LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media sites consistent? Whether you have a date or a job interview, chances are someone is going to Google you to learn more about who you are. The question is, do you want to allow your online reputation to take on a life of its own or control the narrative? With the proliferation of social media and the gig economy, it has become essential for everyone to embrace personal branding. What is a personal brand? Jeff Bezos, the f
The Trustworthy Accountability Group, an anti-piracy certification program operated by giants including Google, Facebook, Disney and Warner, has launched Project Brand Integrity in Europe. With the assistance of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and Europol, the aim will be to purge ads from pirate sites. With the majority of public-facing pirate sites generating money from advertising, the past several years have seen the launch of numerous initiatives to drain them of their revenue. This so-called “follow-the-money” approach has proven popular in several regions, with the initial aim of protecting the brand image of major advertisers, who generally prefer not to have their logos placed alongside masses of pirated media. Back in 2015, a US-based program was launched by th
Donald Trump in front of a wall prototype in San Diego in 2018. Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty For much of Americaâs history, the country was literally expanding. There was always a frontier to conquer, always new land to claim (at least for white people), and the promise of America was in its never-ending growth. But now, that optimism has been replaced by the politics of scarcity and Donald Trumpâs border wall. What has changed? Thatâs the question at the center of a new book, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, out March 5 from historian Greg Grandin. He conceived of the book during the campaign, when Trump turned the wall into the preeminent symbol of his candidacy. To Grandin, the dichotomy between that wall and the mythical fro